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Kentucky

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips, from maps to regulations and beyond.

Overview

Known For

Top whitetail hunting state in the country

Terrain

Varies from swampy lowlands, rolling hills, and heavily forested hills and mountains

Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Bear
Bear – Hunt with Dogs
Late October, check back for current season dates. Location: Wayne, Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Zone 2 West, Zone 2 East, and, Zone 3. Use of dogs permitted.
Oct 18, 2021 Oct 31, 2021
Bear
Bear – Archery
Includes Crossbow. Location: Wayne, Harlan, Letcher, McCreary, Bell, Zone 2 West, Zone 2 East. Closed in Zone 3. Season will end in each zone when the quota is met. Late October, check back for current season dates
Oct 23, 2021 Oct 29, 2021
Bear
Bear – Firearm
​Mid-December, check back for current season dates. All open bear zones. Season will end in each zone when the quota is met. See regulations.
Dec 11, 2021 Dec 17, 2021
Bear
Bear – Chase-Only 1
Location: Wayne, Bell, Harlan, Letcher, West Zone 2, East Zone 2, and Zone 3
Jun 1, 2022 Aug 31, 2022
Bear
Bear – Chase-Only 2
Location: Wayne, Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Zone 2 West, Zone 2 East, and Zone 3.
Sep 9, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Bobcat
Bobcat
Bag limit 5
Nov 19, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Coyote
Coyote
No limit
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery
Bag limits vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Sep 3, 2022 Jan 16, 2023
Deer
Deer – Youth/Senior Crossbow
Bag limits vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Sep 3, 2022 Jan 16, 2023
Deer
Deer – Crossbow
Bag limits vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Sep 17, 2022 Jan 16, 2023
Deer
Deer – Youth-Only Gun
Bag limits vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Oct 8, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader Late Season
Bag limits vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Oct 10, 2022 Oct 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader Early Season
Bag limits vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Oct 15, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Modern Gun
Bag limits vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – Free Youth Weekend
Bag limits vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Dec 31, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Dove
Dove – 1st Portion
Season 1
Sep 1, 2022 Oct 26, 2022
Dove
Dove – 2nd Portion
Season 2
Nov 24, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Dove
Dove – 3rd Portion
Season 3
Dec 24, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Duck
Duck – Wood Duck and Teal
Bag limit is 6; may include no more than 2 wood ducks
Sep 17, 2022 Sep 21, 2022
Duck
Duck – Teal Only
Bag limit is 6
Sep 22, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Duck
Duck – Youth Waterfowl Early
Eastern Zone.
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Duck
Duck – Early
Bag limit is 6; may include no more than 4 mallards (only 2 of which may be hens), 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 1 pintail, 2 black ducks and 2 canvasback
Nov 24, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Duck
Duck – Late
Bag limit is 6; may include no more than 4 mallards (only 2 of which may be hens), 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 1 pintail, 2 black ducks and 2 canvasback
Dec 7, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck – Youth Waterfowl Late
Western Zone.
Feb 4, 2023 Feb 5, 2023
Elk
Elk – Archery/Crossbow Either Sex. 1
Elk Zone
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 23, 2022
Elk
Elk – Firearm Bull Week 1
Elk Zone
Sep 24, 2022 Sep 28, 2022
Elk
Elk – Firearm Bull Week 2
Elk Zone
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 5, 2022
Elk
Elk – Firearm Cow Week 1
Elk Zone.
Nov 26, 2022 Nov 30, 2022
Elk
Elk – Archery/Crossbow Either Sex. 2
Elk Zone
Dec 3, 2022 Dec 9, 2022
Elk
Elk – Firearm Cow Week 2
Elk Zone.
Dec 31, 2022 Jan 4, 2023
Fox
Fox – Gray and Red
No limit
Nov 14, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Goose
Goose – Canada Goose
Bag limit 5 combined. All zones
Sep 16, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – Snow & Ross
Bag limit 20
Nov 24, 2022 Feb 15, 2023
Goose
Goose – Canada/Cackling Goose, White-Fronted Goose & Brant
Bag limit 5 combined; 3 Canada geese, 2 white fronted geese and 1 brant.
Nov 24, 2022 Feb 15, 2023
Goose
Goose – Conservation Order
Snow Goose. No limit
Feb 16, 2023 Mar 31, 2023
Hog
Wild Pig
No limit
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Youth Spring
Bag limit 2.
Apr 1, 2022 Apr 2, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring
Bag limit 2.
Apr 15, 2022 May 7, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery
Bag limit: 4, either sex. May include additional restrictions.
Sep 3, 2022 Jan 16, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Crossbow 1
Bag limit: 4, either sex. May include additional restrictions.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Early Fall Shotgun
Bag limit: 2.
Oct 22, 2022 Oct 28, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Crossbow 2
Bag limit: 4, either sex. May include additional restrictions.
Nov 12, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Late Fall Shotgun
Bag limit: 2.
Dec 3, 2022 Dec 9, 2022

Licenses, Permits and Regulations

Hunting licenses, permits and regulations can be purchased on the official web site of Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources.

Hunting GPS Maps

Kentucky Hunting Map Layers App Overview Increase success as you layer hunting zones, wildlife management areas, private property and more over aerial imagery, and topographic basemaps, for the most accurate map on mobile device and desktop. See invisible property lines and seek permission with detailed private and government property boundaries and ownership names. View trails, […]

Hunt Zones

Hunting Layers

KY Private Lands Preview

KY Private Lands

Over 1,900,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in Kentucky. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

KY Gov Lands Preview

KY Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 1,800,000 acres in Kentucky to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

KY Possible Access Preview

KY Possible Access

onX has mapped 73,000 acres of possible access lands in Kentucky including timber companies and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.

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KY Hunt Zones

Kentucky Deer and Elk Hunting Zones. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

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  • Deer Zones
  • Elk Zones
KY Public Hunt Areas Preview

KY Public Hunt Areas

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources shows Public Hunt Areas (Wildlife Management Areas) that are for public use. Some areas require a user permit.

KY Restricted Hunting Areas Preview

KY Restricted Hunting Areas

KY Elk Regulated Tracts Preview

KY Elk Regulated Tracts

KY Elk Regulated Tracts are publicly accessible lands. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt (onXmaps).


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